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Riot Quest Painting Blog #11: Painting Harlowe Holdemhigh, By Marc Harrison

I will be going through each step of how I paint Harlowe Holdemhigh in my level two table top quality. I will paint and finish each section of the miniature as I go.

Terminology:

Gunk – I mix gunk in a 15ml bottle using the following:
• 1.25 tsp Distilled Water
• 1tsp Liquitex Flow Improver
• .25 tsp Liquitex Drying Retarder
I like to use gunk to loosen up paint when I base coat and slow the drying time. I am in North West Wyoming and it is dry here, so I need to increase the working time of my paints. Formulas for gunk can vary depending on the painter and humidity.

Layering – Layering is where I apply layers of different colors, with each layer being closer to the final color of the transition than the previous one. I generally like to mix one-part paint with two-to-three-parts Liquitex Fluid medium, and one-part water or gunk when I layer.

Glazing – Glazing is where I water down ink or paint to the point of being translucent, allowing previous layers of paint to show through.

Washing – I often use premade washes, or create a wash by mixing paint or ink with medium and water. Mixing one-part paint to three-parts medium and five-parts water is a good starting point for making a wash.

Dry Brushing – Dry brushing is where I use an old brush or a brush designed for dry brushing to apply highlighting to a miniature.

Base Coating – Base Coating is where I use paint with a drop of gunk to establish a foundation of color on a miniature. I generally like to base cote in my mid-tone, shade, and work my way back up to the highlights.

Reclaiming – Reclaiming is where I reclaim the base coat color after applying a wash.

Lining – Lining is where I create the darkest shadows on a miniature. I also use lining to separate sections of a miniature when transitioning to another color. When I line, I use a sharp brush to trace the areas of a miniature I want the darkest.

Wet Blending – Wet Blending is where I mix my colors on the miniature and not on my dry pallet. I apply colors next to each other and then using a second, clean brush with water I blend the two colors together. I generally prefer to layer unless I am working on something like a warjack or tank where there are large flat surfaces.

Step 1 – Harlowe’s Face and Hair

I use the following material:

• P3 Menoth White Highlight
• .03 Micron Pen - Black
• P3 Midlund Flesh
• P3 Skorn Red
• P3 Battledress Green
• P3 Ryn Flesh
• P3 Flesh Wash
• P3 Bloodstone
• P3 Exile Blue
• P3 Rucksack Tan
• Liquitex Fluid Matt Medium

I do the following:

• Base coat the eyes with Menoth White Highlight.
• Wash the eyes with Flesh Wash.
• Base coat the face with Midlund Flesh. Painting up to, not over the eyes.
• Wash the face with a mixture of one-part Midlund Flesh, one-part Skorn Red, three-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Base coat the hair with Bloodstone.
• Wash the face with a mixture of two-parts Midlund Flesh, one-part Battledress green, three-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Dot the eyes using a .03 Micron Pen
• Wash the face with a mixture of two-parts Battledress Green, one-part Skorn Red, three-parts medium, and twenty-parts water.
• Layer a highlight on the face using one-part Midlund Flesh, one-part Ryn Flesh, two-parts medium.
• Layer a second highlight on the face using straight Ryn Flesh.
• Dry brush the hair with straight Rucksack Tan.

Step 2 – Harlowe’s Jacket, Hat, and Pants

I use the following:

• P3 Hammerfall Kaki
• P3 Gun Corps Brown
• P3 Menoth White Base
• P3 Menoth White Highlight
• P3 Morrow White
• P3 Battlefield Brown
• P3 Exile Blue
• P3 Rucksack Tan
• Liquitex Fluid Medium
• FW Sepia Ink
• Gunk
• Distilled Water

I do the following:

• Base coat the pants using Hammerfall Kaki.
• Base coat the hat and jacket in Battlefield Brown.
• Wash the Pants using a mixture of one-part Gun Corps Brown, two-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Wash the hat and jacket using a mixture of one-part Battlefield Brown, one-part Exile Blue, three-parts medium, and six-parts water.
• Reclaim the base coat on the hat and jacket by layering a mixture of one-part Battlefield Brown, two-parts medium, and one-part water.
• Layer a highlight by adding two-parts Gun Corps Brown and two-parts medium to my previous mixture.
• Layer a second highlight by adding three-parts Menoth White Base, three-parts medium, and one-part water to my previous mixture.
• Layer a finial highlights by adding three-parts Menoth White Highlight and three-parts medium to my previous mixture.
• Layer a highlight on the pants using Menoth White Highlight.
• Glaze the pants, hat, and jacket with a mixture of one-part Sepia Ink and five-parts water.

Note: I did not get a photo of this step.

Step 3 – Painting Harlowe’s Leather Gloves, Shoes, and Pouches

I use the following:

• Reaper Oiled Leather
• Reaper Ruddy Leather
• Reaper Burnt Orange
• Reaper Brown Liner
• P3 Brown Ink
• P3 Coal Black
• Gunk
• Liquitex Fluid Medium

I do the following:

• Base coat using Oiled Leather with a drop of gunk.
• Wash using a mixture of one-part Ruddy Leather, two-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Line using a mixture of one-part Brown Liner and three-parts gunk.
• Reclaim the base coat by layering a mixture of one-part Oiled Leather, two-parts medium, and one-part water.
• Layer a highlight using a mixture of one-part Burnt Orange, two-parts medium, and one-part water.
• Glaze using a mixture of one-part Brown Ink and three-parts water.
• Base coat the soles of the shoes using Coal Black.

Step 4 – Harlowe’s Guns, Buckles, and Buttons.

I use the following:

• Reaper Gunmetal Blue
• Reaper Pearl White
• P3 Rhulic Gold
• GW Nuln Oil
• GW Agrax Earthshade
• P3 Arcane Blue
• Reaper Honed Steel
• Reaper Polished Silver
• P3 Solid Gold
• Distilled Water

I do the following:

• Base coat the guns and cylinders using Gunmetal Blue.
• Base coat grips of the guns using Pearl White.
• Base coat the trim of the guns and Harlowe’s Buckles/Buttons with Rhulic Gold.
• Wash the guns (not the handles) and cylinders with Nuln Oil.
• Wash the grips of the guns and the areas base coated in Rhulic Gold using Agrax Earthshade.
• Wash the runes on the guns with a mixture of one-part Arcane Blue and fifteen-parts water.
• Highlight the guns and cylinders using Honed Steel.
• Highlight the guns and cylinders using Polished Silver.
• Highlight the grips on the guns using Pearl White
• Highlight the buckles and buttons using Solid Gold.
o Note: Highlighting the smaller details on this miniature I use a sharp brush and use the side of the brush to add the highlights.

Note: I will paint the base, apply varnish, add additional highlights to the metallic areas, and apply basing on Harlowe Holdemhigh after I have finished painting Jay’s remaining wave one Riot Quest Miniatures.

In Part 11, I will paint J.A.I.M.s. in a Brass Patina theme.

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